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The Queen to honour two young people from Malawi with awards: Asante Mzungu and Madalo Banda

Her Majesty The Queen will present a Queen’s Young Leaders Award to two exceptional young people from Malawi at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace, London on Thursday 23rd June.

Asante and Madalitso: Young Malawians chosen for 2016 Queen’s Young Leaders Award

As the Commonwealth celebrates The Queen’s 90th birthday, this year’s award winners, 19-year-old Asante Mzungu and 21-year-old Madalo Banda, have been recognised by The Queen for taking the lead in transforming the lives of others and making a lasting difference in their communities.

As a Queen’s Young Leader, they will be representing Malawi as they join winners from 45 different Commonwealth countries in London for five days of high-level engagements, all designed to help them further their life-changing work.

Before receiving their Queen’s Young Leaders Award at Buckingham Palace, the winners will visit 10 Downing Street and the UK headquarters of global social networking company Twitter, and meet with senior executives at the BBC World Service.

They will also meet the Commonwealth Secretary General, take part in workshops at the University of Cambridge, have meetings with UK business leaders, and visit projects that are changing the lives of vulnerable people in the UK.

Asante Mzungu has been recognised for his commitment to ensuring that young people can benefit from education, and Madalo Banda has been acknowledged for her creative writing project that addresses issues such as HIV/AIDS and child abuse.

Selected from a competitive process where thousands of young people from all over the Commonwealth applied to be a Queen’s Young Leader, Asanti said: “I am very excited to be meeting with a diverse group of young leaders who are transforming their communities.

“From this, I hope to engage in meaningful and insightful discussions, which will inspire me by helping me to generate ideas on how I can further develop Malawi through education.”

This year’s Award winners are working to support others, raise awareness and inspire change on a variety of issues including education, climate change, gender, mental health and improving the lives of people with disabilities.

The application process to become a 2017 Queen’s Young Leader opens at 8:00pm BST on Friday 24th June 2016. The programme is looking for people aged between 18 and 29 who are dedicated to creating positive changes to the lives of people in Malawi.

Details about how to apply to become a Queen’s Young Leader, together with information about the 2016 Award winners and Highly Commended runners up, is available at

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